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Texas Matters
2:02 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Learning From The West Explosion: Safety And Security In Tracking Fertilizer Plants

The first week of school for fall 2013 and West, Texas, is slowly rebuilding their schools after the blast.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Matters: An update on the Texas state fire marshal's online tool to locate ammonium nitrate facilities in the state like the one that exploded in the town of West. Are communities safer from this kind of a disaster? Also on this show: Texas libraries are set to lose federal funding, author Beverly Donofrio on her new memoir.

Ammonium nitrate storage in Texas after the West explosion

On April 17, the town of West, Texas, was leveled by an explosion at the local fertilizer plant.

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Fronteras Desk
12:10 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Hidden Pockets Of Poverty: College Towns, Suburbs & Public Schools

For many of the children at Killip Elementary School the food they get at school is the only food they will eat all day.
Laurel Morales Fronteras

Fronteras: A three-part series exploring hidden pockets of poverty: In college towns across the West, it's often a struggle to find both low-income and student housing. We explore a new trend of higher poverty rates in the nation's suburbs. As the number of poor students increases the amount of per pupil funding doesn't. We look at one public school district that's trying to do more with less. Also, a look at the unique challenges the children of migrant farm workers face when it comes to getting an education.

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Affordable Care Act
11:12 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Texas Still Not Expanding Medicaid Under ACA, But Gets $5 Million Grant

David Martin Davies TPR News

 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Texas with over $5 million for community health clinics. The money is a part of the Affordable Care Act’s pursuit of improving access to healthcare by providing medical service for Texans who can’t afford it.

"In Texas, ten community health centers were awarded more than $5.6 million and we hope that that money will help them serve an additional 46,000 plus patients," said Martin Kramer with the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

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Arts & Culture
10:36 am
Fri November 8, 2013

New McNay Exhibit Questions Personal Style And Accepted Taste

After Boucher 1, oil on canvas.
photo: Megan Roche

A new exhibit at the McNay by Illinois artist Rosayln Schwartz takes conventions from master paintings and re-interprets them, challenging the "arbiter of taste," those who decide what is and isn't "high quality."

"What I do in a sense is to try to pervert that experience by changing colors to these lurid, almost neon-like colors that I use to create these old master reenactments." Schwartz said. "And what I find so interesting is that people are drawn to the work, they’re seduced by the work because of this mastery."

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Downtown Development
4:53 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

1948 Deed May Snag H-E-B Plan To Close Main Avenue Downtown

City of San Antonio

Update (11/8): City officials and H-E-B both told the Express-News that they are aware of the newly-discovered deed, but don't see it presenting any problems for the plan to close Main Avenue.

H-E-B released a statement on the deed:

“It is our understanding that the grantor's rights were acquired by H-E-B as a part of the Arsenal property when it was purchased in 1982.

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Fiesta 2014
4:12 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

2014 Fiesta Gets An Extra Week, For Religious Reasons

The Fiesta 2014 poster by Marcelino Villanueva has been unveiled!
Fiesta Commission

San Antonio likes to party, but residents also observe and respect religious tradition. Because of that, the city council has approved an amendment to next year's Fiesta celebration, which will run from April 10-27, instead of April 19-27.

The party will last a little longer, but the new dates provide a revision to the regular flow of Fiesta events to respect Holy Week. The amendment will allow Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter, which are April 17, 18 and 20, to be observed without the distraction of parties like Fiesta Fiesta, Oyster Bake, and the Taste of New Orleans.

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Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Magik Theatre Group Gives At-Risk Teens A Place To Grow, Express Themselves

The Magik Theatre

A theater performance on Friday at the Magik Theatre is a little closer to real life drama than those on any other stage in town. That's because some of the young people on stage have been arrested for, as James Apollo Bradley says,  things like "truancy, and possession, vandalism and things of that nature that could lead to more serious crimes down the road."

Bradley has developed a method to get those teens to take the exit before they head on down that road. His idea:

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The Source - Novermber 7, 2013
2:42 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

The Source: SA Hosts Renewable Energy Big Hitters | The American Healthcare Paradox

Wind Turbines at a Texas Wind Farm.
The Danish Wind Industry Association (Flickr user: danishwindindustryassociation) cc

In the first segment:

As CPS Energy closes down the Deely coal power plant and ponders whether a new gas or nuclear plant is the solution, a big conference is landing in town next week pushing solar, wind and other renewables: The 2013 Texas Renewables Conference.

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City Government
2:29 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Starting In February, The Average CPS Energy Customer Will Pay $4.68 More

CPS Energy

The San Antonio City Council approved CPS Energy's proposed rate increase of 4.25 percent. With support from a majority of the city council, the average CPS Energy customer will be paying $4.68 more on their monthly bill.

The utility initially asked for a 4.75 percent increase, but later lowered it after concerns surfaced over the utility's employee incentive program.

CEO Doyle Beneby told the city council he wants to reduce the program even more, with a recommendation of cutting the incentive program's budget by half in 2015 and 2016.

City Government
1:40 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Update: Krier Tapped To Fill District 9 Council Seat

Joe Krier, the former head of the Greater Chamber of Commerce, joins Downey in his intent not to run for the seat in the special election. Paula McGee also said while she doesn't intend on running, she is not ruling it out.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Update (1:40 p.m.): Joe Krier has been named the interim representative for District 9 on the San Antonio City Council.

Mayor Julián Castro kicked off the support for Krier, citing his experience, community leadership and understanding of the district and people in District 9 as reasons for choosing him.

Art Downey, another of the three finalists and chair of the city's Ethics Review Board, received two votes. Paula McGee, another finalists, did not receive any votes.

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